Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway-John Wayne
Posted 22 November 2012 - 05:59 PM
I can see where a robot might be needed like to go into a area where disease or radiation is a problem. I wouldn't like see wars fought with them because then the thought of war would lose its meaning and started over little things. We have already taken steps to use robots in war, its called a drone airplane. I don't think it will stop there. The scientists have to keep coming up with something new to keep the military interested.
There's nothing so absurd that if you repeat it often enough
Posted 22 November 2012 - 08:38 PM
you cant really ban robot wepons because it would be immpossible to get all the nations and powers to agree to ban them.The same thing happened with nukes. Thats the real world folks its not fairytell land sorry. I would rather have a robot get shot then a human anyday.
"What we've got here is failure to communicate. Some men you just can't reach." - Strother Martin
Posted 23 November 2012 - 02:36 AM
Complex philisophical question for me.
But yes, they should be banned. In a case of war, killing someone by remote control seems unethical, much the same way that I find land mines unethical. It's emotionally easier to kill a terrorist and most of his family if the non-combatants are just pixels on a screen.
Surveillance use? Sure.
Asimov rolls over in his grave; "1. A robot may not injure a human being
or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm!"
When the gods wish to punish us, they answer our prayers.
Posted 23 November 2012 - 03:50 AM
Obama is already using robots to kill people abroad. The difference between a bleary-eyed operator sitting at a desk and pushing the button that makes a killer drone shoot a missile at what looks like a tent in Waziristan, and programming the drone to do that by itself is only a small one. Plus, an autonomous drone can not be kidnapped by e.g. Iran by interfering with the transmission link.
So yes, this will come. Say hello to the Terminator.